UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
Starring: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian,
Katherine Heigl, Morris
Chestnut, & Everett McGill
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Geoff Murphy
Producer: Steven Seagal, Arnon Milchan &
Writer: Richard Hatem & Matt Reeves
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Ryback, now a civilian chef instead of a Navy chef since his single-handed rescue of a nuclear battleship in UNDER SIEGE, is once again an unsuspecting passenger when the train is hijacked. The bad guys not only hijack the train, they also take control of a surveillance satellite programmed for destruction. The satellite designer, Travis Dane, a genius/madman who faked his own death, has teamed with a mercenary named Penn to extort a billion dollars from the U.S. government. Before you can say "carbon copy," Ryback does what he does best: systematically eliminates a score of bad guys.
Technically, the film is adequate. There are some gorgeous shots of Colorado scenery, but they are rarely seen without a dead or soon-to-be dead body marring the view. The stunts are typical Seagal, showcasing his martial arts talents and menacing good looks.
To say the excessive language and violence are gratuitous is a given. The acting is mediocre; the action non-stop. This movie presents just another mindless unredeeming violent barrage.